AVATAR Sequels Will Use Mariana Trench as a Shooting Location
Published: September 13, 2010 - 11:52am
James Cameron is no stranger to filming underwater as seen with films like Titanic and The Abyss. Now it appears he wants to go deeper into the ocean's depths for the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar.
Cameron has his eyes set on the Mariana Trench for one of the sequel's shooting locations. The trench lies in the western Pacific and has been visited by human life only once before in a descent that took five hours. The distance Cameron plans to travel, 36,000 feet, is deeper than Mount Everest’s height. He intends to dive into the trench and capture footage he can use in the next two films.
The director has already stated that exploring the seas of Pandora would be a main theme in the sequels. At this point there has been no confirmation of what actors/characters may return to the franchise. Shooting will be done back to back with an estimated 2014 release for the first film.
As he has done on previous films and documentaries, Cameron is making his own equipment: a two seat vessel with 3D cameras attached.
"We are building a vehicle to do the dive", Cameron told The Sunday Times. "It's about half-completed in Australia."